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COVID-19 Advice

What COVID-19 means for you and your student life

 

The global pandemic has affected people's lives in many ways, and student life is no exception. While NTSU had adapted its venues and services to ensure students' safety, you also have a part to play as an NTU student and a member of the local community.

Here are a few things you need to be aware of in the latest government guidelines, and what they mean for you:

As of Wednesday 14 October 2020 Nottinghamshire entered into Tier 2 (High) of the Government's 3-level local COVID alert level system.

Rules around socialising

No households can mix with other households indoors. This includes inside your home and other venues such as pubs and bars. You can still meet up with a maximum of 6 people outside your home if you maintain a two-metre distance between one another. More details on socialising can be found on the Government website.

There are many areas of the UK with additional local restrictions. You should ensure you are aware of these if you are travelling or live in one of these areas.

 

NTSU has designed its events to be COVID-safe in line with Government guidance, so we recommend attending these if you want to get together with other people.

 

Our venues and catering services are currently operating table service with socially distanced seating and enhanced cleaning in place so you can eat and drink safely on campus. See our opening hours here.

 

If you (or a housemate) have symptoms

If you or anyone you live with shows symptoms of COVID-19, all members of your household should self-isolate in line with Government guidance. This is normally 10 days for the individual showing symptoms and 14 days for the rest of the household. NHS Test and Trace will let you know when you no longer have to isolate. If you fail is isolate when legally required to, you could be fined £1000-£10,000.

You should also complete NTU's tracking form to let the University know your situation. This will cover you for non-attendance of classes and help NTU to support you. If you show symptoms, you should also get tested. You can book a test here.

 

COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • A new, continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell

 

Self-isolation - what you need to know

If you are self-isolating, you will need to fill in the NTU Tracker form. This is different from the NHS Test & Trace system. It helps you get support from NTU can be used as evidence if you need to submit a Notice of Exceptional circumstances (NEC).

You can access your course and the library remotely to continue your studies. There are online events and activities you can access too.

If you are not self-isolating but know people who are, do what you can to support them without putting yourself at risk.

You can find the latest guidance on testing and self-isolating at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

You can access this information in video format if you prefer.

 

Steps to stop spreading the virus

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Keep your distance from your housemates and use separate towels
  • Prepare your meals in the kitchen when no-one else is using it
  • Disinfect surfaces you have touched after use

 

Wearing face coverings

Face coverings should be used when you’re in communal areas, corridors and lifts on NTU campus to help keep you and others safe. This includes building foyers and libraries. So long as social distancing is in place students can remove them when seated in dedicated study spaces which are COVID-19 secure. NTU is now encouraging students to wear face coverings during face to face teaching sessions, especially when requested to do so by your tutors.  You do not need to wear a face covering if you are exempt.  

 

You must also wear a mask in shops, on public transport, and in bars and restaurants if not seated at your table. 

 

You do not currently have to wear a mask in NTSU buildings (except in those areas where you are legally required to including our NTSU Shops, Coffee Shops, Bars and Diners) but you must adhere to social distancing rules and follow signposted routes around our buildings.

 

Signage is in place around the NTU estate to make it clear when and where you should wear a face covering.

 

Some people are exempt from wearing a mask. you can find more information about exemptions here.

 

NTSU shops on City, Clifton and Brackenhurst campuses sell face masks and hand sanitiser.

 

Ignoring the rules

Following these guidelines benefits you and everybody around you. Ignoring them could result in you facing penalties including:

  • £200 for attending a party (doubling for repeated incidents up to a maximum of £6400)
  • £200 for not wearing a mask (doubling for repeated incidents up to a maximum of £6400)
  • Up to £10,000 fine for organising a party
  • £1000 - £10,000 fine for failing to self-isolate when required to do so by law
  • The possibility of a disciplinary under the Student Code of Behaviour

 

Changing Your Living Arrangements 

If you're considering going back home, please be aware that you are legally bound by any accommodation contracts you have signed.

To no longer have any financial obligations regarding your accommodation, you may need to find a replacement tenant. While our Information & Advice Service cannot help you find replacement tenants, we can discuss your tenancy agreement and advise on how to negotiate with your landlord.

You can book an appointment with one of our advisors here.

 

Further information and resources

For latest, detailed guidance, information, and support, please see these resources:

UK Government Coronavirus information page

Latest information about student life from Public Health England

Latest information about your student experience from NTU

Information about testing, tracking, and self-isolating procedures at NTU

Latest information and updates about NTSU venues and services

For general advice and support, contact our Information & Advice Service